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Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

Spitz vs. Harris

UFC: Friday, June 1, 2018 (Adirondack Bank Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Walt Harris and Daniel Spitz fight Friday during UFC Fight Night 131 at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Walt Harris enters this fight with a 10-7 record and has won 100 percent of his fights by knockout. Harris has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a November loss to Mark Godbeer. Harris is averaging 3.01 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.2 percent. Harris is averaging 0.25 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Harris has been hit or miss ever since joining the UFC and now hopes to avoid three straight losses for the first time in his career. Harris is coming off a disqualification loss that he applied to be winning before landing an illegal head kick. When in good form, Harris is an athletic, explosive fighter who relies on his striking ability, and all 10 of his career victories have come by knockout. Harris is a nightmare standing up and does a lot of his work in the early rounds, as he’s never seen the third round in a victory. So like with most heavyweights, wear Harris down and there’s a good chance you’ll come out on the winning side. This will be Harris’ second career fight in New York.

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Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/18

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Daniel Spitz enters this fight with a 6-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Spitz has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Anthony Hamilton. Spitz is averaging 3.64 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.4 percent. Spitz is averaging 1.95 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Spitz bounced back nicely from his loss to Mark Godbeer, by producing an early first round knockout in which he landed some quick right hands. Each of Spitz’s last two victories have come by knockout. Spitz is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’7” with an 82 inch reach and is most known for his striking ability, as he’s shown in his last few fights. It’s tough for opponents to get comfortable against Spitz due to his length, and he has proven success on the canvas where he’s produced three submission victories overall and has two takedowns in two UFC fights. Spitz has also shown he’s a tough fighter with a strong chin, as he ate 100 strikes without being knocked down once in his only loss. This will be Spitz’s first career fight in New York.

I don’t like inconsistency and poor form, and Harris falls in the boat for both at the moment. He’s always worth a look due to every fight ending in knockout, which is the one thing that always gives him a chance, but he wears down in later rounds and is simply struggling to get positive results. Spitz is somebody who is still rather new to the sport and is still learning, but he’s a tough matchup due to his size, and he has a massive reach advantage in this fight as well. In a battle that’s likely going to b a stand up striking battle, Spitz has to have the edge here for obvious reasons. 

Daddy Long Legs gets the victory here.

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